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Tour Operator of the Year

AC Group was last night announced as Tour Operator of the Year at the UKInbound Awards for Excellence held at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff.

Recognising outstanding business practice and performance, the UKInbound Awards shortlist is selected from a panel of industry experts, before each of the trade association’s 380 member companies are invited to vote on their favourite.
“We are honoured to claim the title of UKInbound Tour Operator of the Year,” says Malcolm Lindop, Joint CEO of AC Group. “To win an award voted by our competitors and our partners reflects the passion our team has for the UK as a destination.”
Angela Heaton, Managing Director of AC Group, was at the ceremony to collect the award and added: “Our product team has worked tirelessly to build excellent relationships with our accommodation, transport and attraction providers, and our sales team seized the opportunity that record inbound visitor numbers provided, encouraging visitors to experience the diverse destinations the United Kingdom offers.”
“We’re delighted to take the trophy back to our office as a tribute to the strong year we’ve had, and serve as inspiration to keep growing the business,” commented Rob Russell, Joint CEO of AC Group.
Beating four other operators to the title, the win tops a stellar year for AC Group which has grown sales revenue by 69% year-on-year, acquired its fourth brand (French Travel Partners) and opened offices in New York, Paris and Kuwait to assist in servicing key markets. In January 2018, they announced the appointment of industry stalwart Angela Heaton as Managing Director, with Rob Russell and Malcolm Lindop promoted to joint CEOs.
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